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Current Treatments for Obesity

There are two main goals in an obesity treatment:

    1. To achieve a healthy weight.
    2. To maintain that healthy weight.

Any obese person who loses just five to ten per cent of their body weight will have significant improvement in health. This would mean between 12-25 pounds for an obese person who weighs 250 pounds.

To achieve this, the individual can:

  • Implement dietary changes by
      • Limiting energy intake from total fat
      • Increase consumption of fruit and vegetables, as well as legumes, whole grains and nuts
      • Limit the intake of sugars
  • Participate in regular exercise and activity
  • Adopt behavioral changes by examining current habits to find out what factors, stresses or situations may have contributed to the condition. This may include counseling.
  • Prescription weight-loss medications such as phentermine, orlistat, phentermine-topiramate and lorcaserin.
  • Weight-loss surgery viz gastric bypass surgery, laparoscopic adjustable gastric banding (LAGB), biliopancreatic diversion with duodenal switch and gastric sleeve among others.

Weight-loss surgery limits the amount of food that can comfortably hold in the stomach or it decreases the absorption of food and calories, or both.

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Table below shows the Types of Medications used in the treatment of Obesity. This list is not exhaustive.
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 Drug ActionCommon Side Effects
PhentermineAppetite suppressant - used for short-term treatment of obesity.
  • Increased blood pressure and heart rate
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Psychological dependence
  • Rebound weight gain
  • Gastrointestinal disturbances such as dryness of the mouth, unpleasant taste, diarrhea
OrlistatPrevents the absorption of fats from the human diet,thereby reducing caloric intake
  • Steatorrhea (oily, loose stools with excessive flatus due to unabsorbed fats reaching the large intestine)
  • Fecal incontinence
  • Frequent or urgent bowel movements
Phentermine-topiramatePhentermine is an appetite suppressant and topiramate is an anticonvulsant that has weight loss side effects.
  • Increased heart rate
  • Tingling of hands and feet
  • Insomnia
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Problems with memory or comprehension
  • Sleep disorders

It is an Appetite suppressant. Also acts on the central nervous system by enhancing the effects mediated by serotonin. Used for long-term weight-control.

  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Produces a chemical imbalance (serotonin syndrome)
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Problems with memory or comprehension

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